[quote="stmax, post:1, topic:283066"]
i bet you guys get this one all the time, but i wondered if you could answer it again.
"In the OT, the ten commandments say "Thou Shalt Not Kill", yet the israelites kill thousands of people, men women and children, they wipe out entire nations/civilizations of people, and just after Moses comes down from mount sinai the levites are told to slaughter thousands of isrealites"
That was a question from a friend about Christianity, i was wondering how to answer it without making God look contradictory on his ideas of morality.
Thank you very much for the excellent question! Please consider the following concepts:
To understand this, one must gain a better understanding of killing.
Killing is defined by Google as causing death.
Death is defined as the end of life.
The end of life can be recognized as proceeding from existing to no longer existing.
When a life exists in respect to another's life, they essentially matter to the other life.
Therefore, from an outside person's perspective, when you matter to them, you exist, and when you do not matter to them, you do not exist. Where matter is defined as be of importance or significance.
Since God Word is as it was, as it is, and as it always will be, He is telling us that when others around us freely choose to live immorally, make them not matter to us. In doing so, since they will have gone from having existence in our lives to no longer having existence in our minds, we will have essentially killed them.
Please share ideas where you see this interpretation could be improved or is faulty.